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News - February 2012

Chevrolet Ranks as Top Performance Brand in U.S.


Chevrolet Ranks as Top Performance Brand in U.S.

Corvette and Camaro accounted for one in three sports car sales in 2011


DETROIT – Chevrolet is America’s favorite performance brand, with Camaro and Corvette accounting for one out of every three sports cars sold in the United States in 2011.

Chevrolet accounted for 37 percent of the sports-car segment last year, selling 88,249 Camaros, which surpassed its nearest competitor, the Ford Mustang, by more than 18,000 units. That lead is expected to increase when the new Camaro ZL1 goes on sale this month.

Chevrolet accounted for 28 percent of the luxury-sports-car segment in 2011, selling 13,164 Corvettes. Currently the only domestic car in the segment, Corvette more than doubled the sales of its nearest competitor, the Porsche 911. 

Top 5 Sports Cars by
2011 Total Sales and Market Share


Top 5 Luxury Sports Cars by
2011 Total Sales and Market Share


Chevrolet Camaro





Chevrolet Corvette




Ford Mustang





Porsche 911




Dodge Challenger





BMW 6-Series




Honda CR-Z









Hyundai Veloster





Mercedes  SLK




“With the addition of the Camaro ZL1, there are only a handful of brands in the world with two cars that can match the performance, technology, and excitement of Corvette and Camaro,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “Unlike many competitors’ performance cars, the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1 are appropriate for both daily drivers and track use from the factory – with standard coolers for brakes and drivetrain.”

“And we challenge any company to bring two cars to compete with the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1, dollar for dollar,” Reuss said. “They will discover what enthusiasts already know – that Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette are the world’s best performance cars for the money.”

To demonstrate the capabilities of the Corvette and Camaro, Chevrolet recently tested full-production models with no performance modifications on the “Grand Course” at Virginia International Raceway. The Grand Course configuration is a challenge for production cars because it requires prodigious power, precise handling and tenacious grip to record a fast lap.

In a 2012 Corvette ZR1, equipped with new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, Corvette engineer Jim Mero lapped the Grand Course in 2:45.6 – faster than the published lap time for any production car.

In a 2012 Camaro ZL1, Camaro engineer Aaron Link lapped the Grand Course in 2:52.4 – more than six seconds faster than the published lap time of a 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 on the same track.

Car and Driver Magazine, which conducts the annual Lightning Lap shootout at Virginia International Raceway, called the track “the nearest thing to the Nurburgring’s fabled Nordschleife.”

“The Grand Course at VIR is an excellent test of all-around vehicle performance,” said

Reuss.  “Like the Nurburgring, a single lap at VIR tests every aspect of a car, including power, brakes, steering, tire grip and chassis balance.  To break a three-minute lap on the four-mile Grand Course is an incredible accomplishment for any car.”

The Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful vehicle Chevrolet has ever produced, with a supercharged, 6.2L, LS9 V-8 delivering 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque. Of all mass-production companies, Chevrolet is the leader in carbon fiber use, with the lightweight material used for structural components on the ZR1 including the front fenders, hood, roof, front splitter, rocker panels and floor pans. With a curb weight of 3,353 pounds, the ZR1 features a power-to-weight ratio of just 5.2 pounds per horsepower. As a result, the ZR1 is also the fastest Chevrolet ever produced, capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 205 mph. The Corvette ZR1 starts at $112,575, including destination.

The Camaro ZL1 is the most-powerful Camaro ever produced, with a supercharged, 6.2L, LSA V-8 delivering 580-horsepower, and 556 pound-feet of torque. It is also the most-sophisticated Camaro ever, with exclusive performance technologies including Performance Traction Management and Magnetic Ride suspension. Other standard performance features include six-piston Brembo brakes, and coolers for the rear differential, brakes, and transmission. As a result, the ZL1 is also the most-capable Camaro ever, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, reaching a top speed of 184 mph, and lapping the famed Nurburgring in just 7:41.27. The Camaro ZL1 starts at $54,995, including destination.

Both Corvette and Camaro have also recently been recognized by IntelliChoice as the best overall value in their segments – further evidence that consumers get more performance for their money from Chevrolet.

 February 29, 2012
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Police are after Mandla Mandela


Police are after Mandla Mandela, whom they claim is evading arrest. It is now reported on TIMESLive that a warrant of arrest was issued last Friday after Mandela failed to appear in the Bityi Periodical Court near Mthatha on charges of Bigamy. It is also reported that he did not appear in the Bityi police station yesterday (20 February 2012) where he was mandated to appear.


The police station’s Commander has asked Cape Town police to arrest the Mvezo Chief. The National Prosecuting Authority reportedly denies that a warrant of arrest has been issued against the grandson of Nelson Mandela, however, on the other hand the Daily Dispatch in East London is reported to be in possession of a copy of the signed warrant.

 February 23, 2012
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Eastern Cape municipalities are battling to retain skilled professionals


Eastern Cape municipalities are battling to retain skilled professionals who will be able fast-track service delivery. This statement was made by Local Government MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane in an interview where he said municipalities need professionals who have the know-how and experience to turn local government around.


Qoboshiyane said he will bring the issue up with the provincial cabinet so they can come up with a strategy to attract and retain skilled personnel. He said employing unqualified people in positions is costing municipalities in the Eastern Cape huge amounts of money that government cannot afford.

 February 23, 2012
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Port Elizabeth murder case


A Port Elizabeth man has told the Port Elizabeth High Court of his distress after being a prime suspect in the murder of his wife. The Herald reports that Garth van Niekerk appeared in court yesterday (20 February 2012) alongside two alleged murder suspects Thembinkosi Kweta and Sibulele Mazantsi. Van Niekerk told the court he was trying to revive his wife at their Kragga Kamma property on the evening of the 1st of April 2009 when police accused him of being involved in the crime.


To add to the frustration, in the newspaper he blames the police for not doing their job properly as he was able find the murder weapon in his property. The trial continues.

 February 23, 2012
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Na die baie positiewe reaksie, bied Obed Produksies weer die Afrikaanse musiekblyspel, “Immanuel, God met ons” deur die bekende dramaturg Danie Matthee, aan.

Indien jy in Desember die gewilde blyspel “Immanuel, God met ons” misgeloop het, is daar vir jou goeie nuus! Die blyspel word weer aanbied “by popular demand”, hierdie keer in die kerksaal van die NG Gemeente Kraggakamma te Broadway, Sunridge Park vanaf 8 – 11 Maart.


Die blyspel is geskryf deur Danie Matthee wat ook vir die regie sorg. Hy het reeds Showtime toekennings ontvang as akteur, ‘n Kanna nominasie vir sy toneelstuk Eendag op ‘n Reëndag en ‘n Afrikoontoekenning vir sy bydare tot Afrikaanse toeneelkuns. Getrou aan sy kreatiewe aanslag, vertel dié blyspel die verhaal van Jesus vanuit die perspektief van Herodes se vervolging.


Met oorspronklike musiek, spesiaal gekomponeer deur Andre Reyneke en danse deur die choreograaf Kareen Breytenbach, beloof ‘Immanuel’ nie net ‘n betekenisvolle verhaal en boodskap nie, maar ook hope vermaak vir oud en jonk.


As jy op soek is na sinvolle vermaak, kom woon een van die vertonings van 8 - 11 Maart om 19:30 in die Kraggakamma kerksaal by. Kaartjies kos R60 en word deur verskeie plaaslike skole verkoop, maar is ook beskikbaar by Westway Kaffee in Kaapweg, Newton Park en die kerkkantoor (041 360 1484).

 February 20, 2012
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Whitney's ex not welcome at funeral


Whitney Houston's ex-husband Bobbi Brown, is very disappointed after he found out that several family members warned him not to attend her funeral, reports TMZ. People close to the Houston family reportedly warned Bobby not to even consider attending Houston's funeral because the family doesn't like him. Bobby has still not officially heard from the family about whether he could attend the funeral or not. According to sources Brown wants to attend the funeral to support his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, but he has not decided what he will do yet.



Meanwhile it has been reported that private funeral service will be held on Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church, the New Jersey church where Houston once sang growing up. There will be no memorial service/wake.

 February 15, 2012
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Mr South Africa visits PE schools


Valentine’s Day came early for the learners from Lungisa High School in KwaDwesi in Port Elizabeth when Mr South Africa, Adriaan Bergh, visited their school today.


Driven by Chevrolet, Bergh visits schools across the country to motivate learners to follow their dreams and make a success of their future. The 24-year-old Quantity Surveying Honours student from Pretoria visited schools in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Durban and departs for Cape Town this week. By the end of the tour he would have reached approximately 80 000 learners. Excited about their visitor are grade 12 learners from left, Ongeza Ntseta (17), Phila Medola (19), Anelisa Jokolo (17) and Asavela Ndabaninzi (17). 


Photographer: Faizel Felix

 February 13, 2012
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The police have embarked on a project that will involve the youth in fighting crime. This is due to the fact that they are the ones who are targeted to further criminal activities as a result they end up even leaving the school before time.


Six high schools in Kwadwesi pricinct such as Lungisa high school, Kwamagxaki high school, S.E.K. Mqhayi high school, Tyhilulwazi high school, E.Z. Kabane high school and Gqebera high school with two students from each school participated in the project to become junior station commander.


Students expressed themselves on how can they be engaged in fighting crime. Mr Papier from Department of Education encouraged them and said ” students should not go out of the school to avoid being involved in criminal activities.


They should be patient and teachers will do their utmost best to help them even if they experience difficulty they should try more. Mrs Du Plessies from Safety and Safety and Security made it clear that now youth that will strategize in fighting crime is needed.


This is the opportunity for Kwadwesi youth to show their potential and where they are going and they will make a difference. At the end Thethelwa Wellem of E.Z. Kabane high school was nominated as the junior station commander of Kwadwesi police station.


On picture 7320 on:

Back Row from L-R: Colonel Mpho Rabela ( Motherwell Cluster Office), Captain Niel Meyer ( Detective Commander), Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Forche’    (Kwadwesi Station Commander) and Captain Steven Ngangamsha ( Vispol Commander).


Middle Row, L-R: Qaqamba Msizi ( Shoprite Trainee Manager), Kwadwesi Councillor Nomonde Poyo, Vuyiseka Mani (Youth CPF), Nondyebo Mnene

(Deputy chairperson CPF),  Constable  Lucille Thomas( Project Organiser), Warrant officer Nomachule Saki ( Support Services Head) , and Nmawethu Jama (Motherwell CPF chairperson).


Font Row: L-R: Lelethu Speelman (Kwamagxaki high), Reserve; Sidima Mfeku (E. Z. Kabane high), junior support services commander; Zintle Gotyana (   Lungisa high), junior detective commander; Siphosethu Bunyula ( Kwamagxaki high), junior visible policing commander and Thethelwa Wellem  (E. Z. Kabane high), Junior station commander.


As police we hope that their involvement in fighting crime will be of great success as they will making a big difference and impact in all schools.


Pictures taken by warrant officer dumile gwavu.


Again in Motherwell there were operations that were held and Kamvelihle as a result 95 people were arrested for different crimes. Police made themselves visible in the area conducting stop and searches as a result 32 people were arrested for drunken disorderly;


16 people were arrested for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm; 9 people were arrested for domestic violence; 7 people were arrested for drunken driving; 3 people were arrested for warrant of arrest; 3 people were arrested for armed robbery; 3 people were arrested for rape;


3 people were arrested for intimidation and assault; 3 people were arrested for possession of dagga; 2 people were arrested for possession of dagga and mandrax; 4 people were arrested for possession of mandrax;


1 person was arrested for reckless and negligent driving and driving  motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol; 1 person was arrested for high jacking; 1 person was arrested for contravention of protection order; 1 person was arrested for use of motor vehicle with out owners consent;


1 person was arrested for assault on police and 1 person was arrested for possession of suspected stolen property.




Warrant officer dumile gwavu

Motherwell SAPS

Corporate Communication

TEL: 041 4076 428

FAX: 041 4076 511

CEL: 082 3025 882 

 February 12, 2012
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[Thursday, 9 February 2012] The New Year started with a bump when Transnet National Ports Authority staff, management and emergency personnel were called in when a Chinese dredger began sinking at the Port of Ngqura on 1 January 2012.


Fortunately, quick action and teamwork by TNPA employees and emergency workers averted what could have been a tragedy had there been multiple drownings.  Also a potential oil spill and subsequent damage to the environment was avoided. 


Tau Morwe, CE of TNPA, said: “ TNPA has put in place stringent policies to deal with crises such as that involving the dredger.


“We also have dedicated and skilled personnel who comprise the crisis team to handle such emergency situations.”


Salvage operator, Smit Amandla was appointed by the vessel owners. The salvage team conducted the salvage operation in a professional manner and it took them 14 days to pump out all hydrocarbon fuels and to seal off all compartments.


Refloatation commenced on 06 January and the dredger was eventually refloated on 22 January 2012.


The vessel has been moved away from site and is currently berthed at Multi-Purpose terminal and the salvage operation has been completed.


Preparations are also being made to transport the vessel back to China.


A floating boom is set up around the vessel to ensure zero oil contamination.


“During the entire incident, there was no risk to port operations and to ships entering or leaving the port.”


“Therefore, business has not been affected and there will be no impact on the economy of the Eastern Cape,” said Morwe.


The sinking of the dredger has not had an impact on the date of completion of the container terminal expansion project at Ngqura, scheduled for July 2012.





“A larger capacity dredger, a tug and another three barges are expected to leave China on 25 February 2012. These vessels are scheduled to arrive at the end of March and dredging will resume on 25 March 2012.”


With the 106m3 dredger and five barges, the expected completion date of mid-July is, therefore, realistic,” said Morwe


The Ngqura container terminal currently handles 800 000 containers (20 foot TEU) annually and is 800 m long. It is anticipated that after the expansion the container terminal with its 4 berths,  will be able to accommodate 2 million TEU’s and will be 1 300m in length.

 February 09, 2012
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President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address to be screened live


The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM), Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) and the Office of the Premier (OTP) will jointly host a live public screening of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday, 9 February 2012, starting at 18h00 (6pm), at the George Botha Sports Centre, KwaNoxolo, Port Elizabeth.


As part of this occasion, an expert panel, stakeholders and the public will engage with each other and reflect on the President’s Address.

Please note that the context and content thrust of the SONA are premised on government’s five key priorities, namely:

o    Education

o    Health

o    Decent work and sustainable livelihoods

o    Rural development and agrarian reform

o    Fight against crime


The draft programme is as follows:


18h00 – 18h05               Opening and Welcome by Chairperson

18h05 – 18h30               Panelists’ expectations of the SONA

18h30 – 18h55               Public’s expectations

19h00 – 20h00              State of the Nation Address by President Jacob Zuma

20h00 – 20h15               Perspective of Executive Mayor, Cllr Zanoxolo Wayile

20h15 – 20h30               Reflections by panelists

20h30                           Inputs by and engagement with public


Media are kindly requested to attend



Portia Mlisa

Senior Communication Officer

Ground Floor, KwaNtu towers

Govan Mbeki Avenue, Port Elizabeth

 February 08, 2012
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